- given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
- unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
- an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.
Origin of inquisitive
Examples from the Web for inquisitiveness
But, thankfully, Dyer disobeys his hero and himself and gets all pondery, letting his inquisitiveness off the chain.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
And yet, her inquisitiveness and restless mind seem to make it hard for her to be a full-on believer.Vera Farmiga’s Leap of Faith
August 22, 2011
Then his eyes flashed, and in his turn he seemed to yield to inquisitiveness.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
LOT, Mrs., the only woman who had an inquisitiveness which became practical.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
His dark eyes sparkle with inquisitiveness behind the pince-nez.Mountain Meditations
Then, all at once, she found an excuse for gratifying this inquisitiveness.The Fat and the Thin
Also the inquisitiveness of the Editor had irritated him and had closed his lips in sheer disgust.Within the Tides
- excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
- eager to learn; inquiring
Word Origin and History for inquisitiveness
late 14c., from Old French inquisitif, from Late Latin inquisitivus "making inquiry," from Latin inquisit-, past participle stem of inquirere (see inquire).
An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf. [Chaucer, "Miller's Prologue"]
Related: Inquisitively; inquisitiveness.